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Child Sacrifice—Who is Guilty?

Molech was a pagan idol god of Old Testament times.  “Parents would sacrifice their children to this god and watch without showing emotion or care. A fire was lit inside of the idol which would turn its arms white from the heat. When they were at this level of heat, the parents would come with their children, lay them on the arms of the idol and watch while their child burned. The onlookers would beat drums as loud as they could so the child could not be heard and this would keep going until finally the child died.” (from Into the Light Ministries website)

God commanded that anyone who sacrificed their child to Molech should be killed by stoning.  (Leviticus 20:2-5) But that wasn’t all—He also ordered that anyone who knew about this happening but “tolerated” it by not reporting and prosecuting the offenders would be just as guilty! 

A modern-day equivalent of child sacrifice is abortion—destroying a precious life as an offering to the gods of Lust, Convenience, Pride, or Money.  We may believe that is wrong, but are we guilty of looking the other way and tolerating it?  God doesn’t tolerate that kind of tolerance!  How many sins are committed under the guise of “tolerance”?  God demands holiness from His people. (See the whole book of Leviticus.) That means being different from the crowds around us. 

No compromise. 

Maranatha!  Come, Lord Jesus!

How Shall We Live?

Imagine yourself living in Jerusalem during the last days before Nebuchadnezzar and his armies wiped it out.  As your world rushes toward oblivion, what is going on in this nation?

–Idol worship, with its immoral practices, is rampant . 
–Crime and violence are everywhere. (Ezekiel 7:23)
–God’s holy place is the site of blasphemous practices. (Ezekiel 8)
–Preachers assure the people that God won’t punish sin.  (Ezekiel 13:8-10)
–Parents are sacrificing their children. (2 Chron.  28:3 & 33:6)
–Bearers of God’s warnings are mocked and silenced.

What parts of this are not happening again today?  As our nation and the whole world hurtles headlong toward certain catastrophe, how do we live? 

Do we stick our heads in the sand?  Do we shrug our shoulders?  Do we drown it all out with false assurances?  Do we commit to being faithful to God regardless of the consequences?  Do we “stand up and raise [y]our heads, because [y]our redemption is drawing near”? (Luke 21:28)

Is God still in control?  Yes!  It’s all written in the book of Daniel.  All present (and future) human governments will be demolished as those in the past have been, and will be replaced by God’s glorious and eternal kingdom.   And the good news is that know I’ll be part of that!  You can be, too Smile.

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